California man pleads no contest to lesser charges in Maui murder case
A California man charged with murdering his girlfriend on Maui last year pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Thursday, according to the Maui County Prosecutor's Office.
Gerald Galaway, Jr. pleaded no contest to manslaughter and kidnapping in connection with the death of his girlfriend 35-year-old Celestial Cassman.
Each charge carries a maximum 20-year sentence.
Last September, Cassman's body was found after witnesses reported seeing her struggling with a man.
Autopsy results showed she died from asphyxiation.
Last year, Galaway had been hospitalized for injuries he suffered after jumping from a 100-foot cliff at the Nakalele Point area of West Maui, when he was allegedly trying to run away from police.
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